Paul Wheelock column: Blackburn Rovers will hope Gestede is out of Africa

Rudy Gestede

Rudy Gestede

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IT is testament to how important a player Rudy Gestede has grown to become that you cannot imagine Gary Bowyer shedding a tear if the big striker fails to make it all the way to the Africa Cup of Nations.

Not that the Rovers boss would not want to see Gestede test himself against some of the top teams in the world.

Bowyer is forever banging the drum about the need for self-improvement.

But the prospect of losing Gestede for most of January must be of a concern.

There’s still a long way to go until that becomes a reality.

But should Benin come through their latest qualifier on Saturday week then there is a real possibility Gestede could be lining up in the finals in Morocco.

Can Rovers live without him?

Well opposition defences certainly could not live with him at the back of last season.

Gestede was unplayable, netting nine goals in his last eight starts and looking the type of dominant, bullying and towering target man that former Rovers boss Sam Allardyce just loves to have in his side.

The question is can Gestede, who previously had never been on such a hot streak in his career, kick on this season and show that type of form throughout a whole campaign?

All the indications are that he will.

Humble and grounded, it’s said that he is his own fiercest critic, which was evident after he was named the Championship’s player of the month for April, when he suggested he wasn’t entirely satisfied with his own form – despite hitting six goals in his previous six games.

And if there was any danger of Gestede resting on his laurels well then that has been blown away by the arrival of Chris Brown.

A niggly injury means Rovers fans have yet to see the strapping frontman in action.

But the reports coming out of the training ground are positive.

Time will tell whether Bowyer has unearthed another diamond.

But Gestede is proof positive that it will be best to reserve judgement until we have had proper chance to assess Brown’s talents.

As none of us could have believed that the Gestede who made those tentative first substitute appearances in December, after he initially joined on loan, would grow into the fearsome frontman that terrorised backlines up and down the country.

Here’s hope it continues this season.

But, for purely selfish reasons, in the blue and white of Rovers and not in the yellow of Benin.

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1:52pm Thu 24 Jul 14

greenscreener says...

Rudy will be first choice but Brown is no mug, I'd expect him to keep the pressure on, maybe first choice in cup games, which is exactly what we need. Should not expect Gestede and Rhodes to play every game.
Rudy will be first choice but Brown is no mug, I'd expect him to keep the pressure on, maybe first choice in cup games, which is exactly what we need. Should not expect Gestede and Rhodes to play every game. greenscreener
  • Score: 14

3:32pm Thu 24 Jul 14

garyintandem says...

I'd like to see us have a good run in the League Cup...it's our route back to Europe. Had some great times in Turkey, Salzburg and Glasgow especially COYB
I'd like to see us have a good run in the League Cup...it's our route back to Europe. Had some great times in Turkey, Salzburg and Glasgow especially COYB garyintandem
  • Score: 1

3:46pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Itsnotmeyoubellend says...

"...it's our route back to Europe."

Comedy gold :-)
"...it's our route back to Europe." Comedy gold :-) Itsnotmeyoubellend
  • Score: -13

4:38pm Thu 24 Jul 14

noddy57 says...

Contrary to popular belief by these dingle dorks. The set up down at Ewood is coming along nicely thanks.
Contrary to popular belief by these dingle dorks. The set up down at Ewood is coming along nicely thanks. noddy57
  • Score: 9

5:29pm Thu 24 Jul 14

earwego says...

Jordan Rhodes says if he could he’d sign for Blackburn for the rest of his career and he has no intention of leaving Ewood Park after signing a new deal.
Sky Sports news radio.
Jordan Rhodes says if he could he’d sign for Blackburn for the rest of his career and he has no intention of leaving Ewood Park after signing a new deal. Sky Sports news radio. earwego
  • Score: 18

6:44pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Super CIaret says...

earwego wrote:
Jordan Rhodes says if he could he’d sign for Blackburn for the rest of his career and he has no intention of leaving Ewood Park after signing a new deal.
Sky Sports news radio.
So would any Championship player when sat in front of a 5 year £53,000 a week contract.... you couldn't make it up.

£60m in debt and the clowns at Ewood STILL think they can hand out contracts like this unpunished. FFP is going to tear you a new one. Tick tock.

LOL!
[quote][p][bold]earwego[/bold] wrote: Jordan Rhodes says if he could he’d sign for Blackburn for the rest of his career and he has no intention of leaving Ewood Park after signing a new deal. Sky Sports news radio.[/p][/quote]So would any Championship player when sat in front of a 5 year £53,000 a week contract.... you couldn't make it up. £60m in debt and the clowns at Ewood STILL think they can hand out contracts like this unpunished. FFP is going to tear you a new one. Tick tock. LOL! Super CIaret
  • Score: -15

6:54pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Harwoodstblue says...

earwego wrote:
Jordan Rhodes says if he could he’d sign for Blackburn for the rest of his career and he has no intention of leaving Ewood Park after signing a new deal.
Sky Sports news radio.
From your thumbs down it seems someone doesn't like that news
[quote][p][bold]earwego[/bold] wrote: Jordan Rhodes says if he could he’d sign for Blackburn for the rest of his career and he has no intention of leaving Ewood Park after signing a new deal. Sky Sports news radio.[/p][/quote]From your thumbs down it seems someone doesn't like that news Harwoodstblue
  • Score: 9

9:02pm Thu 24 Jul 14

The Seagull has landed says...

garyintandem wrote:
I'd like to see us have a good run in the League Cup...it's our route back to Europe. Had some great times in Turkey, Salzburg and Glasgow especially COYB
Hahahahahahah Hahahahahaha Hahahahahaha Hahahahahaha
You're a funny guy.
[quote][p][bold]garyintandem[/bold] wrote: I'd like to see us have a good run in the League Cup...it's our route back to Europe. Had some great times in Turkey, Salzburg and Glasgow especially COYB[/p][/quote]Hahahahahahah Hahahahahaha Hahahahahaha Hahahahahaha You're a funny guy. The Seagull has landed
  • Score: -11

9:07pm Thu 24 Jul 14

The Seagull has landed says...

earwego wrote:
Jordan Rhodes says if he could he’d sign for Blackburn for the rest of his career and he has no intention of leaving Ewood Park after signing a new deal.
Sky Sports news radio.
He's a top quality player, thats not in doubt. If you don't go up this forthcoming season then that prolongs his ambition to play premier league football which is what every professional footballer strives for, the chance to play against the best. As such a quality player he will without doubt be asking himself whether he should trigger that clause in his contract that he'll no doubt have had inserted.
[quote][p][bold]earwego[/bold] wrote: Jordan Rhodes says if he could he’d sign for Blackburn for the rest of his career and he has no intention of leaving Ewood Park after signing a new deal. Sky Sports news radio.[/p][/quote]He's a top quality player, thats not in doubt. If you don't go up this forthcoming season then that prolongs his ambition to play premier league football which is what every professional footballer strives for, the chance to play against the best. As such a quality player he will without doubt be asking himself whether he should trigger that clause in his contract that he'll no doubt have had inserted. The Seagull has landed
  • Score: -3

9:07pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Pembina says...

Super CIaret wrote:
earwego wrote:
Jordan Rhodes says if he could he’d sign for Blackburn for the rest of his career and he has no intention of leaving Ewood Park after signing a new deal.
Sky Sports news radio.
So would any Championship player when sat in front of a 5 year £53,000 a week contract.... you couldn't make it up.

£60m in debt and the clowns at Ewood STILL think they can hand out contracts like this unpunished. FFP is going to tear you a new one. Tick tock.

LOL!
Bought your new Rovers shirt yet? YOU KNOW YOU WANT IT
[quote][p][bold]Super CIaret[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]earwego[/bold] wrote: Jordan Rhodes says if he could he’d sign for Blackburn for the rest of his career and he has no intention of leaving Ewood Park after signing a new deal. Sky Sports news radio.[/p][/quote]So would any Championship player when sat in front of a 5 year £53,000 a week contract.... you couldn't make it up. £60m in debt and the clowns at Ewood STILL think they can hand out contracts like this unpunished. FFP is going to tear you a new one. Tick tock. LOL![/p][/quote]Bought your new Rovers shirt yet? YOU KNOW YOU WANT IT Pembina
  • Score: 10

9:34pm Thu 24 Jul 14

earwego says...

Super CIaret wrote:
earwego wrote:
Jordan Rhodes says if he could he’d sign for Blackburn for the rest of his career and he has no intention of leaving Ewood Park after signing a new deal.
Sky Sports news radio.
So would any Championship player when sat in front of a 5 year £53,000 a week contract.... you couldn't make it up.

£60m in debt and the clowns at Ewood STILL think they can hand out contracts like this unpunished. FFP is going to tear you a new one. Tick tock.

LOL!
Show us all where it states he earns £53k per week. another of your "facts"?
Not many players are willing to play for a PL football with a club planning for relegation as your clowns at Dingleland are doing. That's assuming you actually follow a team, which is very much in doubt.
[quote][p][bold]Super CIaret[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]earwego[/bold] wrote: Jordan Rhodes says if he could he’d sign for Blackburn for the rest of his career and he has no intention of leaving Ewood Park after signing a new deal. Sky Sports news radio.[/p][/quote]So would any Championship player when sat in front of a 5 year £53,000 a week contract.... you couldn't make it up. £60m in debt and the clowns at Ewood STILL think they can hand out contracts like this unpunished. FFP is going to tear you a new one. Tick tock. LOL![/p][/quote]Show us all where it states he earns £53k per week. another of your "facts"? Not many players are willing to play for a PL football with a club planning for relegation as your clowns at Dingleland are doing. That's assuming you actually follow a team, which is very much in doubt. earwego
  • Score: 13

7:52am Fri 25 Jul 14

Fartonadingleshead says...

Yeah come on Rudy stop your messing around, got to think of your Rovers future.
Yeah come on Rudy stop your messing around, got to think of your Rovers future. Fartonadingleshead
  • Score: 4

2:49pm Fri 25 Jul 14

greenscreener says...

Fartonadingleshead wrote:
Yeah come on Rudy stop your messing around, got to think of your Rovers future.
Great memories of the 70s, Nice one !
[quote][p][bold]Fartonadingleshead[/bold] wrote: Yeah come on Rudy stop your messing around, got to think of your Rovers future.[/p][/quote]Great memories of the 70s, Nice one ! greenscreener
  • Score: 0

9:23am Sat 26 Jul 14

jimluftas says...

Super CIaret wrote:
earwego wrote:
Jordan Rhodes says if he could he’d sign for Blackburn for the rest of his career and he has no intention of leaving Ewood Park after signing a new deal.
Sky Sports news radio.
So would any Championship player when sat in front of a 5 year £53,000 a week contract.... you couldn't make it up.

£60m in debt and the clowns at Ewood STILL think they can hand out contracts like this unpunished. FFP is going to tear you a new one. Tick tock.

LOL!
Where do you pluck these ridiculous figures from?! I'd be surprised if he's even on 35 a week.
[quote][p][bold]Super CIaret[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]earwego[/bold] wrote: Jordan Rhodes says if he could he’d sign for Blackburn for the rest of his career and he has no intention of leaving Ewood Park after signing a new deal. Sky Sports news radio.[/p][/quote]So would any Championship player when sat in front of a 5 year £53,000 a week contract.... you couldn't make it up. £60m in debt and the clowns at Ewood STILL think they can hand out contracts like this unpunished. FFP is going to tear you a new one. Tick tock. LOL![/p][/quote]Where do you pluck these ridiculous figures from?! I'd be surprised if he's even on 35 a week. jimluftas
  • Score: 0

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